A Special Honor

A Special Honor

MauiTimes was awarded by Special Olympics Hawaiʻi—but it’s all about the athletes Watching Molokai’s Tommy Galane charge up and down the basketball court and take the ball to the cup elicits unbridled happiness. He plays with reckless abandon. He plays with passion....
Maui’s Special Olympians

Maui’s Special Olympians

In the 1940s and ‘50s, Soichi Sakamoto turned Hawai’i swimmers into world-class Olympians. The legendary coach pioneered new swimming techniques, beginning in a Pu’unene irrigation ditch where he trained freestyle Gold medalist William Smith. Today, the pool at Wailuku’s War Memorial Complex bears his name.